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“Geek Paradise”

The Centre for Computing History
Ranked #5 of 170 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Centre for Computing History is a hands-on interactive display of computers and game consoles that date back to the early sixties! From Pong to Pokémon, experience game play evolving. The display includes the huge computers of the sixties, the home computers of the 80’s and much more.
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We had a fantastic time at this museum today. There are literally hundreds of old computers, most of which are in full working order and are available to be played on/with. Being on the wrong side of 40 - many of these I remember from my student and working life - so a real nostalgia trip as well. Having said that - I would imagine kids would love this too.....

The staff are real enthusiasts and incredibly knowledgeable on their subject - plus keen to have a chat. I honestly think this is the best museum I have been to in ages - worth budgeting several hours for if you are at all interested in technology and how it has changed over the last 20 years. Only drawback is that it is a bit difficult to find - certainly with Nokia maps you need to put in 'Rene Court' rather than either the postcode or the name of the centre.

Thank Marion M
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

If you have even the vaguest interest in the history of computers or nostalgia for systems you used to have, I would thoroughly recommend a visit to this attraction.

They have an excellent collection covering decades of computing, and on top of that the fact that you can interact with the computers and even play a game or two is a great bonus.

On top of that the very knowledgeable staff are great as they have a wealth of information to share and clearly have an enthusiasm for the topic at hand.

We spent over an hour going round the machines and could easily have spent longer if we'd had more time.

Also seeing Flappy Birds on a ZX81 was a site to behold !

Thank Rory M
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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

A brilliant and interesting place to visit - its a wonderful few hours playing with and seeing a huge number of computers from history.

Thank James M
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Visited with my brother with both of us being quite 'techie' we immediately loved the place. With its collection of old computers and consoles that are able to be played with it becomes more than a museum, and also a place to just enjoy those old games and computers. Would of given 5 stars but it wasn't a 100% finished with parts of the museum empty, when it will be I will be filled I certainly make a return visit.

1  Thank m0l0ch
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Cambridge Tourist Information office were hard-pressed to explain how to get to this place, but it's well worth the long stroll (it's about a mile out of the city centre) or the detour round the back of the out of the town shopping centre and industrial units.

Unlike some museums, which neatly label things and plonk them in glass cases where they can't be touched, here you're actively encouraged to play with the computers and arcade machines. You can try everything from Pong and games on a BBC Micro or an original Apple Classic. When we visited, there was an attic full of yet to be unpacked and organised goodies. Lots of people have donated their old home computing kit and it's the focus on the computers people actually used that makes the Museum of Computing History stand out. It's a timewarp from the 1970s and 1980s that you can revisit and enjoy or share memories with your bemused kids. There's a classroom from the 1980s with banks of BBC Micros that you can use to program, a row of Apple iMacs and lots of Commodores, Ataris and Amstrads. A wonderful retro wonderland for kids of all ages.

Thank MissMulberry
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